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Top 20 Best New Romantic Movies Of 2014

New: Top 20 Best Romantic Movies 2014 (Romantic Comedies & Love) Will you find romance in 2014? If it’s at the movies, then yes.

We’re looking at the biggest and best romantic movies of 2014, whether it’s about pure love or romantic-comedy. In fact we’ll examine every major release, good and bad.

- JANUARY -

Labor Day
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg
Director: Jason Reitman
Out: 31 January 2014 (U.S. Release Dates)
Best Romantic Movies 2014 / Romance

13-year-old Henry struggles to be the man and care for his reclusive single mom (Winslet), while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a shopping trip they encounter a wounded, fearsome man (Brolin) who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. As police search the town over long Labor Day weekend, they gradually learn his true story, and a romantic bond develops as their options become increasingly limited. Based on the novel, this is adapted by writer/director Jason Reitman (‘Thank You For Smoking’, ‘Juno’, ‘Up In The Air’, ‘Young Adult’). He definitely seems to be running out of steam, this feels well worn and veers towards sentimental. Critics say Winslet and Brolin give it their all and have decent chemistry but they can’t overcome the melodrama and implausible plotting. The public have been very positive, describing it like a Nicholas Sparks story made with Oscar-level talent. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 33%] [Public (via IMDB): 6.9]

That Awkward Moment
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots
Director: Tom Gormican
Out: 31 January 2014
Best Romantic Films 2014 / Love Movies

Romantic comedy about three male friends (Efron, Teller, Jordan) in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they start falling in love. Cue relationship talk and frat-friendly gross-out gags. Think ‘Sex in the City’ for dude-bro guys, bringing the worst cliches of female rom-coms into a male-aimed movie that men don’t want to see. The writer-director is new and the script somehow ended up on Hollywood’s Black List (of the best unproduced screenplays). Critical consensus is the romantic scenes are formulaic and too little is at stake, but at least they work better than the comedy, which is grating and forced. Only dedicated Zac Efron/Miles Teller fans will find value. [Critics: 22%] [Public: 6.2]

- FEBRUARY -

About Last Night
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Paula Patton
Director: Steve Pink
Out: 14 February 2014
Top 20 Best Romantic Movie, 2014

Two new couples form, making the journey from the bar to the bedroom and eventually get put to the test in the real world. From the director of ‘Accepted’ and ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’, and the screenwriter of ‘Bachelorette’, this is a R-rated reimagining of the 1986 Rob Lowe/Demi Moore romantic-drama as a romantic-comedy with an African-American cast. Both are based on ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’, the play that established David Mamet. Despite being an ensemble, Kevin Hart is the dominating presence. It’s actually higher rated by critics and public than the original, thanks to its engaging cast and smart rom-com balance. [Critics: 68%] [Public: 6.1]


Winter’s Tale
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Out: 14 February 2014
Best Romantic Comedies 2014 (Movies)

In 1916, a burglar (Farrell) falls for an heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay, ‘Downton Abbey’) as she dies in his arms. Nearly a century later, after being mystically transported to modern day New York, he learns about reincarnation and he sets out to find her again. It’s a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Batman and Robin’), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed ’83 novel. This has a stellar cast and the novel is reportedly touching and beautifully written. However these sort of mythical romantic time-benders like ‘The Fountain’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’ struggle to connect with mass audiences, and I don’t sense much excitement any more for Colin Farrell as a romantic lead, especially with a Hitler haircut. This may be headed for a cult following. [Critics: 13%] [Public: 6.2]

Endless Love
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Out: 14 February 2014
Best Romance Movies 2014

The story of a privileged, innocent girl (Wilde) and a charismatic boy with a dark past (Pettyfer) whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Remake of the terrible Brooke Shields romantic-drama from ’82 and based on the well-received ’80 book about an affair between two 15-year-olds. Of course that’s too tricky an area for the studio to tackle, so a 23 and 24-year-old get cast as the leads. The director brought us the decently-done ‘Country Strong’, but the subject matter here is less interesting – “Rich mom and dad don’t approve of their daughter’s boyfriend” couldn’t be more familiar in romantic cinema. Although the movie tries to romanticise young passion, there’s a good chance you’ll end up agreeing with the parents’ point of view. Still if ‘The Notebook’ by-the-numbers approach doesn’t bother you then this delivers a solid fix. [Critics: 15%] [Public: 6.3]

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  • Zoe P said

    Looking forward to seeing: Blended, Le Week-End, and The Other Woman.

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  • JP said

    Wow, there’s some dross coming to a cinema near you. Only ones that look worth considering are Le Week-End, Belle and the F-word. No evidence that it’s going to be a great for romantic movies in 2014 or rom-coms.

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  • jemma said

    “Fallen”, “The Fault in Our Stars”, probs “Begin Again” will be the best romantic movies in 2014. romantic comedy thinkin “If Only” or “Focus” right now :) hope so

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  • Damn Yankee said

    It is a sad state of affairs when the only movie on this list that seems like it might not be awful has Harry Potter in it. But even that seems unlikely.

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  • Anja said

    The reason for these movies is to fill us with a warm glow; life is never wasted if its spent chasing and enjoying love. I think the Best of Me and Fault in Our Stars might be the best romantic movies in 2014. And we should laugh too when in love so Focus and The Reluctant Professor could be the best romantic comedies 2014 has to offer. These are my favorite types of films. I just wish it were all so easy in real life….

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  • Glas said

    2014 romantic comedies I want to see: The Other Woman, If Only. Its difficult to find one that keeps you guessing and wanting more until the very end. :-)

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  • Gouppa Mabut said

    The makers of Third Person need to be careful – we’ve seen what happens if you put Liam Neeson in Paris: 100 Arabs dead.

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  • Fadinha said

    I wish heath ledger were still here to be in this new movie. What a shame ;(

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  • shayan said

    hows That Awkward Moment and Endless Love?

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      They’re on the list. Basically neither was liked much by critics, and audiences generally didn’t warm to them. But it comes down to individual taste, if the trailers appeal to you then you’ll probably have a decent time.

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  • Tammy said

    I’m not sure how accurate these ratings are. I watched Endless Love and thought it was really good. The story was inspiring and very romantic. One of the best movies I’ve seen in awhile

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      The critic / public ratings are accurate, but it’s all subjective. It’s good when you let others know in the comments what you liked.

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  • sami said

    I jus luvedddd endless luv….amazin movie:))

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